Just before noon on November 16, 1492 a thunderous explosion was heard near the city of Ensisheim, France. A young boy witnessed the fall of a single stone weighing about 127 kilograms. The townspeople were awestruck by this strange rock that apparently fell from the heavens and buried itself in a three foot deep crater in a wheat field. Shortly thereafter, the meteorite was taken to town as residents waited for the arrival of King Maximilian, son of the Holy Roman Emperor Friedich III, who was approaching with his army.
Upon arrival in the village, Maximilian proclaimed the meteorite to be a omen of protection from the divine and ordered that it be preserved in the local parish church. The meteorite was chained to the wall to prevent it from "wandering at night" or leaving in a manner as violent as its entry. To further add to the supposed mysterious powers of the stone, Maximilian went on to win his battle against the French.
- this print was created from the original woodcut depicting this historical event
- measures 11 inches long x 15 inches wide